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High-speed railways mileage to exceed 10,000 kilometers in China

By Lu Yanan (People's Daily)

16:14, February 17, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Nearly 6,400 kilometers of new railways will begin operating in China in 2012, 3.2 times up year on year. The country will operate more railways this year than in any other previous year.

The country’s four north-to-south rail corridors recorded in the “Mid-to-Long-Term Railway Network Plan,” including the Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Guangzhou, Beijing-Harbin, Southeast Coast high-speed railways, will all begin operating this year except the Xiamen-Shenzhen section of the Southeast Coast High-Speed Railway. This will cut the train travel time between provincial capitals along the four railways by around 50 percent.

Furthermore, several regional intercity high-speed railways linking Wuhan and Yichang, Nanjing and Hangzhou, Hefei and Bengbu, and other cities will also begin operating this year.

The length of China’s high-speed railways will increase 3,500 kilometers this year, accounting for 55 percent of new railways that are expected to be put into operation this year. The total length of the country’s high-speed railways will exceed 10,000 kilometers by the end of this year.

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